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RATINGS: 3705   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate. 100+ IBUs. Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. We would say that no hops were injured in the brewing of this beer, but that would be a massive lie. In fact, the words "Stone Ruination IPA" are what older hop vines use to cause little hop vines to quiver with fright and lose sleep at night . We at Stone honor the brutal massacre of countless hops with this "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Paganism at its best!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft) This is not for everyone just anyone who is addicted to hops. I think they managed to put enough malt in this beer to keep it from being too one dimensional. Anouther advance for hop heads everywhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Spectacular. Like a mushroom cloud on my tongue.

Thanks a lot, Stone Brewing Co. -- my palate has been forever Ruined!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a darker orange with a white fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by what else? HOPS. The Flavor is full, smooth and full of hops. Much more smooth than I expected. I love hops. Flavor is so full and delicious, full of hops, malt detectable also to me suprisingly! :) One of my favoirites! INDIANA RED ROCKS! THANKS KEN!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Pours bright golden orange with an ivory white head. I start smelling hops before I can get anywhere near the glass. No subtetly here, just a big slap upside the head with hops. Body is surprising thin considering the 7.7% ABV. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter and astringent. A bit like tea that has been boiled too long. Only hint of malt balance. Overall, an interesting experiment in how much hops can be crammed in a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Pours orange with fluffy billowing head. Hop nose is present as I pour from the bottle. Big hoppyand pinelike nose. Flavor is of citrus, spice, bitterness and mild malt. Bitter finish lingers. Good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Awesome topaz color with thick, tight, foamy head. Hoppy, piney and citrus aroma and maybe a little caramel. Bitter as hell but great. There is just enough sweetness to cut the absurd bitterness and smooth it out...palatable even. Resinous and lemony as well. Perfect consistency. Bitter aftertaste but not what youíd expect from a beer that will split your tastebuds. Another great one from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2004
Hoppy,Hoppy,Hoppy! Loved this beer, started out very strong, but turns mellow very quick. My German Brother in law hated it, so I know they did something right!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Dark Amber Coloring. No Head. Heavy Hops on the Nose...and Initially on the Tongue....Peters Out on The Palate and Becomes Very Drinkable. Some Ctrus and Spice In There as Well. I was Expecting No Mercy...But It Was Quite Passive By The End. Very Drinkable for a Hops Dominated Beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4807) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Original Rating Sept 13, 2004: (Thanks to SDbruboy for this!) Dark amber color with a medium head. Sudden onslaught of hops up front in the aroma and taste. Kind of mellows out after that. It tones down into an actually smooth hops taste with a good citrus zing and malt backbone. Not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting. One of the better balanced IIPAs out there. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate July 17, 2008: Man... been ages since I’ve had this. Ages, and lots of beers. Copper color with a large head Strong citrus aroma right off the bat, then it fades into a kind of grassy-ness. Piney taste. Very resinous. Moderate caramel malt, more of the grass flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Oddly, not too bitter at all. I would call this a pretty solid IPA. A double? No way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Best before 9-04.Aroma is faint at first?(grainy,milky malt,bit of raison once it warms with some juicy piney hops,a little citrus in there as well)Appearance is a nice orange/golden color,with a decent head/lace.The taste is pretty good,resinous and piney,not really the hop monster it claims to be,though donít get me wrong,itís quite hoppy and malty as well.The palate is really nice and oily and pretty full with a nice enjoyable bitterness that shows up most of the time.Overall this IIPA is a bit overated IMHO but..I will seek out some more of these.Nice dry finish with lots of resin on the toungue.Good stuff.Canít wait till this stuff is available in MD! Just wanted to mention this is now available in MD 3 years later... and also I am enjoying this very fresh imperial out of a 12 oz. bottle. Dig these six packs.The aroma is a mighty fine blast of fresh Hops with some caramel malt for balance. This was brought to me from my good friend Greg and purchaced at Liqour Stop, Harford County.14.99 for a sixer.

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